Alf Engen Ski Museum to unveil updated exhibits
The Alf Engen Ski Museum at the Utah Olympic Park is set to host an unveiling for three updated exhibits on Tuesday, Nov. 27. The event will run from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., will be open to the public and will showcase a new look for the “Hometown Heroes” exhibit, the Alf Engen “King of the Hill” trophy case, and the Stein Eriksen exhibit.
Jon Green, operations manager for the Alf Engen Ski Museum, said the renovations have been underway for the past six months.
“The trophy case is kind of the keystone of the museum,” Green said. “We are the Alf Engen ski museum, so honoring his achievements and his legacy as one of the world’s greatest skiers is very important to the overall message of the museum.”
The collection of trophies earned by the museum’s Norwegian-American namesake, who is credited with advancing the sport of ski jumping, has been reorganized and cataloged with an interactive touch-screen display, which allows visitors to access information on each piece in the collection, as well as some others that are not present.
“The idea was to amp that up and bring it up to the current state with some interactive graphics and some great lighting,” Green said.
In the process of updating the trophy case, the museum had to move the Stein Eriksen exhibit, and updated it as well.“It was intended to be a temporary exhibit, but it turned out to be one of the most popular exhibits in the museum,” Green said. “Everybody loves Stein Eriksen.”
The exhibit for Eriksen, recognized as a stylish local ski pioneer, is now displayed near the end of the museum, with an improved sound system and a larger collection of photos and skis.
“We’re really proud of that one,” Green said. “We’ve got a nice, big display case with a video and a bunch of artifacts and photos of Stein, so that’s a neat step forward in recognizing him.”
The Hometown Heroes exhibit, which displays the outfits and equipment of influential winter athletes associated with Park City, has been updated largely to reflect the 2018 Winter Games. It now includes Paralympic snowboard cross racer Keith Gabel, ski jumper Sarah Hendrickson, alpine skier Ted Ligety, and freeskier Brita Sigourney – all of whom competed in Pyeongchang – plus influential ski jumper Lindsey Van, who retired before the 2018 Winter Games with a litany of international titles to her name.
“For the last three Olympic games we have changed that collection out,” Green said. “With this new collection, we also took it one step further and chose to recognize Lindsey Van, who is from Park City. In our minds, she maintains one of our greatest hometown heroes. Without her efforts to get ski jumping approved in the Olympics for women, we wouldn’t even have Sarah Hendrickson listed as a ‘hometown hero.’ She wouldn’t have been able to jump without Lindsey’s efforts.”
The museum is expecting a turnout of influential athletes and their families for the updates’ unveiling, including Alf Engen’s son, Alan Engen, and his wife, Barbara.
“We are expecting to have about 100 people or more people to see these new exhibits and to enjoy some of the changes the museum is undergoing,” Green said.
Green said the museum will also serve some light refreshments.
The ceremony is free of charge and open to the public. Those planning to attend are encouraged to RSVP by contacting Connie Nelson at email@example.com or by calling 435-658-4240.
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